Elizabeth Anne Sibilia

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Social Anthropology
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Visiting address Gullhaug torg 1 0484 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1091 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Elizabeth Sibilia is a Postdoctoral Fellow working on the ERC funded PORTS project, led by Associate Professor  Elisabeth Schober. The PORTS project is a multiyear and multi-sited project that focuses attention on four port cities - Rotterdam, Piraeus, Pusan, and Singapore - as a way to investigate the dynamic and contradictory tendencies of the global economy. Sibilia's work on PORTS focuses on the Port of Singapore and framed around three research pillars: ocean-space as infrastructure, the 'Smart Port' of the future, and social reproduction of maritime labor. 


Broadly, Sibilia's research focuses on understanding the ways in which the maritime economy produces conditions for uneven development and geographies of inequality in South and Southeast Asia. Her PhD project examined how transformations in the shipping markets, underpinned by global economic restructuring, conditioned a new scale and form of shipbreaking in Bangladesh that helped to produce a coastal landscape that tied the daily lives of shipbreakers to global cycles of accumulation.

Sibilia is a geographer and received a PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, with a specialization in Human Geography. She holds an MA in Geography from Hunter College and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Before joining the PORTS team, Sibilia held Lecturer posts at California State University, East Bay, San Jose State University, and taught in the Macaulay Honors Program at the College of Staten Island. Her writing has been featured in Environment and Planning A: Economy and SpaceFocus on Geography , and is the co-editor of a themed issue with Dr. Camelia Dewan in Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space on toxic flows.

Academic Interests

Maritime worlds, ocean economies and oceanic urbanism, toxic geographies, logistics & ports, debt and financialization, labor and social reproduction, and uneven geographical development     


E Sibilia and C Dewan (under review) "Introduction to Special Issue: Scaled Ethnographies of Toxic Flows and Containment," Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space.

Sibila E (2019) “Oceanic accumulation: Geographies of speculation, overproduction, and crisis in the global shipping economy,” Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space . Vol 51 (2): 467-486. (This paper was awarded the 2019 Ashby Prize from Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. )

Sibilia E (2015) “Zones of risk: the spaces and places of shipbreaking,” FOCUS on Geography . Vol. 58 (4).

Bacon N, Matthew Bissen, Marnie Brady, Zoltán Glück, Malav Kanuga, Steve McFarland, Jessica Miller,  Elizabeth Sibilia , Erin Siodmak, and Laurel Mei Turbin (2012) “Contours of a spatialized influence: a tribute to Neil Smith,”  Environment and Planning D: Society and Space , 30 (6): 935-955.

Tags: Maritime Anthropology, toxic waste, Geography, Uneven development, Labour


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